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DBA Program Designs

Common Characteristics of DBA Programs Common Characteristics of DBA Programs (6 min.)

In choosing a DBA program, it is important to ensure that the design of the program matches your objectives. Nearly all programs have a research methods component near the start, and a dissertation/project requirement at the end. With respect to coursework, there are four basic design philosophies that we commonly see:

  1. Doctorate by publication: Very little course work, with a degree being awarded almost entirely based on the dissertation. Popular in Europe, not in the United States.
  2. Disciplinary: Resembles a traditional PhD with substantial coursework focusing on a single function
  3. Multi-Disciplinary: Resembles an MBA in structure, with survey courses on the research in each business function
  4. Interdisciplinary: Course work focuses on topics that cross the business functions, such as analytics, innovation, creativity, strategy, systems theory and sustainability.

DBA Program Types DBA Program Types (6 min.)

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